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Letters 2/24-3/10 

We asked readers about their biking habits. Here's what the 145 respondents had to say: http://bit.ly/1LL2lEb

We asked readers about their biking habits. Here's what the 145 respondents had to say: http://bit.ly/1LL2lEb

IN REPLY TO "OPEN YOUR EARS" (2/25)

It is my understanding that local government and law enforcement officials attended a meeting just before the public session. That being said, perhaps the author should have contacted these agencies directly to inquire about their perceived lack of attendance.

—Accurate Reporting Matters via bendsource.com

You also might want to read the economic analysis OLCC just released that very few regular users will patronize "recreational pot stores," that most of those users will (continue) to buy from the "black market," aka friends and neighbors, and even assuming a $21 million tax revenue from pot the first year the Common School Fund will see anything in 2017, and that year for the whole state, it will be $55,000. If the goal was to make pot easier to get than any other mind-altering substance, it worked. Taxation and regulation....a joke.

—MikeHoews via bendsource.com

IN REPLY TO "THE HAT MAKES THE WOMAN" (2/25)

Her hats are beautiful and well crafted. I applaud her talents and her style. She has certainly made a name for herself here in Bend, Oregon.

—Paintedlady via bendsource.com

IN REPLY TO "SORRY PARTNER, NO CHAPS" (2/25)

Ok. No chaps. Can I get a full gimp suit?

—Colin Padden via bendsource.com

IN REPLY TO "KOMBUCHA NATION" (2/25)

What a great article guys—way to feature cool stuff happening in Bend and all the new kombucha breweries. I think it's more than a craze; this stuff seems to be taking off everywhere.

—jdanek via bendsource.com

IN REPLY TO "IDOLIZE THIS" (2/25)

She's also inspirational to the approximately 1.5 million children and adults who have type-1 diabetes.

—Barclay Loss via bendsource.com

The question is: Why isn't she going so well in her career as Kelly Clarkson or the amazing Carrie Underwood? IMHO, Crystal is way more talented that those two. But I don't see Crystal being acclaimed as the other two.

—Guxt

Because she does her music on her terms. She is a wonderful person, a loving mother, and is great with her fans. Never seen her be too good to sit and talk to them like anything but herself. She could have been a label whore and made a lot more money. Stay true to yourself, Crystal.

—Sam Goodell

IN REPLY TO "OPEN CASTING CALL FOR BEND REALITY TV SHOW" (2/25)

The website was created with WIX, which is the same platform 99.9 percent of college students use to create crappy portfolio websites. No signs of a credible production company, numerous grammatical errors, also copyright 2023??? C'mon people...it's not real!

—April Fools

Please don't take our awesome town and F it up with this stupidness. Just stay away!

—Let's Not

I wouldn't touch this with a 10-foot pole... If they don't give you the name of their company, they're probably not legit.

—Robin Stuchlik via facebook.com/sourceweekly

This looks pretty shady to say the least. All things point toward some bozo with a WIX site trying to lure folks for some experimental casting. This is not how it's done legitimately. One email as a contact and some pretty personal info and more importantly "waivers" with no network affiliation means one thing...just another nut job with an idea. I'm betting at least 30 actors have already applied.

—Derek Sitter via facebook.com/sourceweekly

Pick meeeee pick meeeee... Wait, what's it about, and do they need old ladies? Everybody needs old ladie, right?

—Marsha Nelson Young via facebook.com/sourceweekly

IN REPLY TO "TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL: RIDING BIKES" (2/26)

I conclude that those most likely to respond to a question about bike-riding are those that ride. I ride 7/365. We are less than 1 percent. Let's get to the important question. Is Bend bike-friendly?

—Rondo

IN REPLY TO "FAREWELL TO SKYLINE FOREST?" (2/25)

Can't be any worse than our parks dept. getting ahold of it—they'd just plow and pave.

—Jane Says via facebook.com/sourceweekly

I wonder where the tree museum will go?

—Shari Cadman via facebook.com/sourceweekly

RESURRECT HUMANITY

The Deschutes County Commissioners kicked the can down the road on a decision to close homeless camps. The Department of State Lands picked up the can and decided to kick the homeless people, "transients" to use a more dehumanizing term, down the road to ANYWHERE BUT HERE.

Can those of us who are privileged come up with enough compassion and money to improve the lives of the homeless? Could we provide regular garbage service, toilets, clean water, showers, recycling facilities, a postal address and free transportation to health services? Perhaps a Habitat for Humanity program to build shelters? Could we extend the urban growth boundary to include the camps? Could we designate the camp communities as Peoples' Parks to receive funding and services enjoyed by people using Privilege Parks? Could money and time wasted by agencies and the police using their power to make lives more miserable be better spent treating the least among us with compassion and decency?

People living in poverty and homelessness are...YOU, WITHOUT MONEY.

—Sue Bastian

MIRROR POND PROJECT LEAVES UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

I attended the recent Mirror Pond ad hoc committee meeting, leaving frustrated, with far more questions unanswered than those that I came in with. It was abundantly clear after Don Horton's introductory presentation that the committee lacks the information necessary for them or any state or local agency to make an informed decision on this matter.

The preferred concept was presented by the committee with no feasibility analysis or costs attached to the various project components. Members on the committee did not know whether the proposed redevelopment model involving sale of city parcels and tax increment financing would even pencil out. This did not prevent the committee from recommending expedited approval by Bend's local governing bodies.

I am further concerned that Knute Buehler has proposed $5 million in state assistance for Mirror Pond with an incomplete understanding of the scope and cost of the entire project. That assistance is predicated on sale and redevelopment of city-owned parcels adjacent to the pond. However, the ad hoc committee has not confirmed whether the value of the parcels and the proposed financing strategy would actually cover the costs of the necessary dredging, dam demolition and reconstruction, and in-river restoration work. Why would Dr. Buehler propose funding for a project for which viability has not been determined?

—John Mundy

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